Suspicious: Gupta parcel blown up

2013-05-04 00:00

POTCHEFSTROOM — A parcel that apparently contained an invitation to the Gupta wedding was blown up at North West police headquarters last month.

The package was regarded as suspicious and after being checked by a police dog, was destroyed in a controlled explosion.

According to DA member Chris Hattingh, the parcel addressed to provincial commissioner Lieutenant-General Zukiswa Mbombo, was left at the headquarters (HQ) reception desk.

Hattingh said the DA is concerned about the extent of the involvement by North West police and traffic officers in the Gupta arrival arrangements.

“Many North West vehicles, including those of local authorities, led the Gupta convoys with flashing blue lights and controlled traffic flow and intersections he [along the way to Sun City],” Hattingh said.

“Some of these vehicles were seen and photographed at Sun City.”

He said the DA would ask questions in the legislature.

The police did not respond yesterday to requests for comment, but earlier North West police spokesperson Brigadier Thulani Ngubane told the Potchefstroom Herald that the package later turned out to be harmless.

He said the contents could not be checked because there are no security scanners at the HQ.

It appeared that the person who delivered the package had instructions to deliver it to Mbombo personally.

He was frustrated because he could not gain access to her and security officials were sent to take it. The messenger then apparently gave up and left the package in the reception area.

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